My heel’s been bothering me for about six weeks, and per coach’s orders, I haven’t ran for nearly a month. And, after Wednesday’s doctor’s appointment (also my birthday!), it looks like running’s out for at least another month because… happy bootday to me!
Dr. Sevilla thinks I have a small calcaneal stress fracture (ie. my heel), but without an MRI, she can’t be 100 percent sure. Given it’s the end of the year and I haven’t met my deductible, I’m opting to skip the MRI and save some cash. I may change my mind come January, but for now, I’ll wear the boot, as it’s the same treatment with or without the MRI. And, lucky me, I have access to an Exogen ultrasound bone healing system, so hopefully coupled with the boot, it speeds up the healing process.
Sure, the boot is annoying and it stinks to not run (ok, not gonna lie… it’s kinda nice to have a break from it). But, there’s a silver lining. One: The boot is warm. Coupled with SmartWool socks, it’s warmer than my Sorel Joan of Arctics, and in Minnesnowta, warm feet in the winter is key. Two: It means more swimming and biking! I’m really loving both. And, three: Better now than this summer at the peak of Ironman Wisconsin training.
I biked six consecutive days last week, including three outside in Austin (more on that soon); my legs almost forgot what that feels like (it feels good!)! And, swimming… the pool has been fantastic. Progress continues and that makes me happy. I spent my summers at the local outdoor pool, but I never swam competitively – a downfall of graduating with just 39 people… no swim team – so I was pretty excited to hit a sub-3:00 200 last week.
I’ll update on my foot as healing continues!
Happy swimbikerunning, friends!